Ford, Georgia Tech Take School Bus Hybrid

Ford and the Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to convert a traditional school bus to a hydraulic hybrid that runs on recycled biofuel. The sixteen passenger bus was donated by Atlanta Public Schools and is currently being completed by associate professor of mechanical engineering Michael Leamy and his student team.

The project was made possible by a $50,000 grant from Ford, and was the same amount the company donated earlier this year to a revolving energy fund in Michigan. Part of the project includes a cost-benefit analysis to see if the bus does reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and if the biofuel will save on transportation costs.

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Mary Lin Elementary School in Atlanta is set to receive the bus, where students will paint the vehicle green and collect cooking oil from community members that can then be processed into a suitable fuel for the newly upgraded “Green Echo School Bus.”

We reported earlier this year on a competition in Massachusetts where students received a free hybrid bus from manufacturer IC Bus in honor of being the “greenest” school in America. Something tells us some students in Georgia might disagree with that title, but in any case, it’s nice to see schools helping children learn about the benefits and challenges of alternative fuels.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.


  • Reply May 31, 2011

    Cheap Car Hire

    u00a0Hello nice design of the and a very big bus for the school children its good schools helping children learn about the benefits and challenges of alternative fuel. thanks for sharing this article with us keep sharing with us

  • Reply June 1, 2011

    van tracking

    Hi nice concept its name green ECO school bus is niceu00a0 its run on the on recycled bio fuel.its hepling to read the children benefits andu00a0 challenges of fuel.thanks for sharing this information with us keep sharing

  • Reply June 22, 2011

    Motorcycle Tracking

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